Island County Assessor Dave Mattens said his goal this year is to send out change of property value notices by June 1, which would be the earliest they’ve been distributed in many years — possibly ever.
But property owners who don’t agree with the assessed values need to be aware of a rule change.
Island County commissioners didn’t have to look far to find someone willing and able to fill in as interim planning director.
Keith Higman, the director of the Island County Health Department, volunteered to take on the dual role of leading the two departments. It was an offer the county commissioners couldn’t refuse.
A 22-year-old Oak Harbor man admitted that he violated a no-contact order by calling his ex-girlfriend ten times in a day and watching her apartment from a nearby location, court documents state.
Prosecutors charged Jermaine Flores in Island County Superior Court Jan. 16 with stalking in violation of a protection order and a violation of a protection order.
A North Whidbey resident wants Island County to revisit a controversial measure that limited land use around Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
Becky Spraitzar asked county commissioners at their regular meeting Monday morning to rescind the accident potential zones, or APZs, and restart the process with new rounds of public hearings.
The Navy has decided to extend the comment period on a complex document that the will guide the way the Navy trains in the Pacific Northwest.
But the military’s decision to give the public an extra week, until Feb. 18, to digest and comment on the lengthy plan falls short of the Island County Commissioners’ request.
Island County is facing an additional $1 million budget shortfall, even after cutting 31 jobs to plug a $2 million hole during budget sessions late last year.
More layoffs are nearly inevitable, county Budget Director Elaine Marlow said.
Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen sponsored a bill she hopes will make public transportation more user-friendly for people who live in rural areas.
The Democratic state senator, who represents the district that includes Whidbey, wants to clarify state law so that buses can stop at unmarked places in rural areas. In other words, it allows people to flag down a bus in the boondocks or ask to be let out of a bus near their home, even if there’s not a bus stop in the vicinity.
A man accused of raping a child violated court orders by calling the alleged victim’s mother from the Island County jail, court documents indicate.
Prosecutors charged 36-year-old David Smith of Oak Harbor Jan. 22 with second-degree rape of a child, two counts of child molestation in the second degree and the violation of a no-contact order.
A 21-year-old Oak Harbor man struck another man with brass knuckles and kicked him when he was down during a fight outside an Oak Harbor bar Nov. 1, 2008, court documents indicate.
Prosecutor charged Deante Lawson in Island County Superior Court Jan. 12 with second-degree assault with aggravating factors. He could face from three to nine months in jail under the standard sentencing range if convicted.
Change keeps coming to Island County planning.
There will soon be three new members of the county’s planning commission and a new planning director, though it remains unclear how this will affect land-use policy.
Some Whidbey Island residents felt the earth move under their feet early Friday morning.
A 4.5-magnitude earthquake rolled through the island from the Kitsap Peninsula at 5:25 a.m. The “light earthquake” shook from a depth of 36 miles and was centered about three miles from Kingston, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. No damage has been reported.
A Renton man accused of traveling to Whidbey to have sex with a 15-year-old girl is wanted on a $50,000 arrest warrant, according to court documents.
Prosecutors charged 29-year-old Vicente Campos Duenas in Island County Superior Court Jan. 14 with rape of a child in the third degree.
A 22-year-old Oak Harbor man could be in a whole heap of trouble as he faces charges in three separate felony cases involving alleged safecracking, burglary and assault, according to court documents.
On Jan. 12, prosecutors charged Tyson Eubanks in Island County Superior Court in two burglary cases. In one, he was charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree theft and first-degree malicious mischief.